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Mountain Sledder Magazine | December 13, 2017

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Charity Ride with Pro Athletes to Raise Money for Vulnerable Youth

Charity Ride with Pro Athletes to Raise Money for Vulnerable Youth

| On 25, Nov 2017

Nadine Overwater. Rob Alford. Brodie Evans. Derek Wood. It’s not just a list of some of the biggest names in riding in BC. It’s also the powerhouse lineup donating their time as instructors to La Niña Sled Camp’s fourth annual Charity Ride, the best early-season mountain party in Revelstoke.

Founded in 2012 by Overwater, La Niña offers backcountry snowmobile camps designed for women—and in a first, this year’s Charity Ride is open to men as well. Which means that dudes should definitely take advantage of what could be a favorable ratio this year for meeting some badass ladies before other male sledders catch on.

 

La Nina Sled Camps Charity Ride

Nadine Overwater demonstrates some advanced riding technique in the Revelstoke backcountry. Photo: Brianna Lukkar

 

Charity Ride in Revelstoke to Raise Money for Vulnerable Youth

The Charity Ride takes place with a day of coached and guided riding at Boulder and Frisby near Revelstoke, on December 16, 2017. While instructors will offer tips and wisdom, it’s designed as less of a clinic and more as a day of stoke in the mountains. Photographers will be out taking professional photos of participants, and the day ends with an epic after-party at the Big Eddy Pub in the heart of Revelstoke.

The minimum donation is $150 to register. It’s an affordable price tag to get one-on-one riding and setup tips from the pros, meet new people and get that first ride of the season under your belt—while feeling good about it, since after all, it’s for a good cause.

 

La Nina Sled Camps Charity Ride

Overwater offers some riding tips to a fellow rider. Photo: Brianna Lukkar

 

This year’s Charity Ride aims to raise $8,000 for the Open Mountains Project, which seeks to get vulnerable youth outdoors and remove barriers to accessing the mountains by offering free summer camps to kids around Revelstoke. “It’s based on the belief the mountains should be open to everyone,” says founder Rachel Reimer in a Revelstoke Review article. “It’s based on the observation some youth in this community may be growing up in the shadows of giants without ever getting to find their feet on the path to the summit.” The Open Mountains Projects changes that.

Past donations of the Charity Ride have gone to the Revelstoke Hospice Society, Ride for Krystal, and the Live It Love It Foundation.

La Nina Sled Camps Charity Ride

Overwater presents a cheque to Revelstoke Hospice Society for money raised from the event in 2015.

 

 

Charity Ride after-party and fundraiser raffle at Big Eddy Pub

Can’t make the ride? Come to the Big Eddy for après and a huge raffle with high-value swag, including a Stihl Chainsaw from Downie Timber, a ski & stay package from RMR and Sutton Place Hotel, two BCA radios from Sprayfoam Works, 509 goggles & helmets, a truck exhaust system from Castle Customs—the list goes on, and more sponsors and prizes are rolling in every day.

 

La Nina Sled Camps Charity Ride

Part of the fun is the after party at the Big Eddy, where the fundraiser raffle takes place.

 

Get registered for the event here! You don’t want to miss this.

Want to sponsor the 2017 Charity Ride? Email Nadine Overwater at info@laninasledcamp.ca

 

– Cassidy

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